Sunday, 14 May 2017


The consensus seems to suggest that for all the potentially dangerous disruption unleashed—and not to financial institutions or social networks—but to hospitals and transportation support systems, and for the risks involved if caught, the group behind a global tranche of ransom-ware cyber-attacks have little ill-gotten Geld to show for it.
Even when weighing the risks of how it might encourage further extortion, security experts are tacitly suggesting that they paid this pittance—though doing so isn’t just send a nuisance away, should one consider the shuddering scope of the kidnapped data that they could release, resell or delete if their demands weren’t met, not to mention the real risk to life and limb. The groups behind these attacks, which capitalised on exploitative techniques that the US National Security Agency believed that as the guys in the white hats would only work for them, perhaps wanted industry to finally patch all these flaws to bother hackers and snooping governments—as this attack surely can no longer be carried out with the same quiver of tactics. What do you think? As small amounts continue to flow in, it strikes me as their demands probably fail to exceed some threshold for authorities to act on and they could possibly just bilk their victims with ransom becoming a protection-racket. Maybe it’s too increase the value of the cyber-currency that they’re demanding remuneration in—which would appear especially safe if they’re never apprehended. Whatever the outcome, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of it.